11:26 13.12.2017

Court finds ex-rector Melnyk not guilty of seizing property

Court finds ex-rector Melnyk not guilty of seizing property

Borodiansky District Court in Kyiv region has found former Rector of the National University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine Petro Melnyk not guilty of seizing property through abuse of office.

The respective court ruling, dated December 5, 2017, has been included in the single register of judicial decisions.

The ruling recognizes Melnyk "as innocent in the charges brought for committing a crime under Part 5, Article 191 [misappropriation, embezzlement or acquisition of property by abuse of office in a particularly large amount] of the Criminal Code of Ukraine" and acquits him "under Part 5, Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine due to the failure of evidence of a crime in his actions."

In addition, the court refused to consider a civil claim lodged by the National University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine against Melnyk to compensate UAH 33.444 million for property damage.

The court also lifted the arrest, which was imposed in 2015 by the Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv, from Melnyk's stake in the statutory fund of a scientific and educational center.

"The verdict comes into legal force after the deadline for filing an appeal if such an appeal is not filed. If the appeal is filed, the verdict, if not cancelled, comes into legal force after a decision is made by the court of appeal," reads the ruling.

Melnyk was found innocent in the illegal transfer in favor of his relatives of four real estate objects of the educational institution with a total area of 4,000 square meters, causing over UAH 33 million worth of damage to the state.

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